Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Can I Put Plastic Binders In With My Shredding?

Plastic spiral binding, also called comb binding, “is one of many ways to bind pages together into a book. This method uses round plastic spines with 19 rings (for US Letter size) or 21 rings (for A4 size) and a hole puncher that makes rectangular holes. Comb binding is sometimes referred to as plastic comb binding or spiral comb binding.”

Since these binders are made of plastic, some recycling centers will accept them in their recycling bins. Shredding them may be a bit of a different story.

Personal shredders are definitely not equipped to handle such a rigid material, especially along with the usually thick stack of paper that usually comes along with it.

Professional shredding services are able to handle shredding the plastic material, but would they prefer not to? Bales of shredded paper, pure shredded paper, are worth a lot more to a buyer who wants to make recycled paper out of it if they don’t contain bits of shredded plastic. One or two plastic bindings in a whole truck load of shredded paper, or even a handful, will not make or break the sale of a bale of shredded paper. Several hundred of them maybe a different story.

Depending on the processes used, plastic may contaminate the whole load of paper. Some buyers, however, may not be as picky about the small amount of plastic hidden inside the paper bale.

When compiling items to be shredded by a professional shredding service, first ask them if they can, or will, accommodate plastic comb binding in with the paper to be shredded.

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